Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk announced his support for gay marriage Tuesday, becoming the newest addition to the growing list of U.S. senators who have recently backed same-sex rights, the Chicago Tribune said.
"Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back -- government has no place in the middle," Kirk said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Illinois politician suffered from a major stroke almost a year ago, and his aide said the the change of opinion was "personal, not political," according to the Chicago Tribune.
Kirk is only the second Republican senator to come out in support of gay marriage, after Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio last month, the Chicago Tribune said.